Queensland Remote Area Tracking (QRAT)
Missing persons in the bush
Emergency drones, mapping and communication services
Specialised equipment, resources and training
Search and rescue tracking teams
• purposefully find, and return loved ones to their families. If found deceased, by providing closure to distressed families.
• directly provide essential communications systems that allow those in dire need to be rendered safe by allowing emergency communication with and access to emergency services at critical times when all other services are not functioning.
• safely lead emergency services to stranded victims of natural disasters and returning them to safety.
• Purposefully find, render safe, and return victims of natural disasters to safety.
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Support Queensland Remote Area Tracking (QRAT)
Providing immediate, flexible, capable, unique and vital services to the lost and helpless in any season, weather or terrain even when all other services are unavailable.
Vital for Greater Queensland
QRAT is a vital organisation for the people of greater Queensland (QLD).
Specialised search and rescue equipment
Having more of the specialised equipment we need will allow us to equip more volunteers and have them undertake the necessary training required for our highly skilled operations. Help support our organisation – donate today!
Help support QRAT
In a short period QRAT has acquired a large quantity of technological equipment and unique capabilities that can be utilised when the need arises including missing persons cases and cyclonic disasters.
Our equipment includes
- Vertical access equipment
- unmanned drones
- extensive mapping resources
- global positioning devices (GPS)
- personal locator beacons
- long range radio communications
This equipment, combined with flexible, fit, highly trained volunteers, all ensure that QRAT is a potent addition when disasters and mishaps occur.
Our search and rescue volunteers
QRAT is made up largely of defence force veterans. QRAT allows veterans to use their unique skills in a dutiful way while linking them with embedded veteran support to aid them in transitioning into daily life.
Queensland Remote Area Tracking is a not for profit organisation that is made of entirely of volunteers and does not charge for its assistance. Because of this very little money comes into our organisation.
Our member numbers have almost tripled this year, and as a result can provide services not just when available, but when required.
We are currently at maximum volunteer member capacity for Mackay and surrounding regions. When activated, individual volunteer members go straight to the scene, so are required to have all necessary personal search and rescue equipment with them ready for deployment.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
These units ensure that QRAT volunteers know where they are going, where they are, and how to get back. These units coupled with traditional map and compass navigation allow QRAT to search with greater purpose.
The GPS units also capture photographs of evidence and allocate a time/date/location stamp to each image.
Bluetooth capabilities allow each team member to know where other team members are at any time.
Personal Locator Beacons
Personal locator Beacons are a requirement for each member as our standard operating procedures see our groups being able to break into minimum sized teams of two while in the field.
If successful we will have available enough GPS and PLB units to fully equip our members.
Support us with GPS and PLB
Some of the benefits of supporting us in this request are listed below:
- A personal locator beacons ensures help from other emergency services is available if all other means of communication fail. This is especially true in the remote terrain that we operate and train in.
- GPS units allow members to move with greater speed and purpose as they are not encumbered by traditional navigation techniques.
- Individual members can attend the scene quickly as they do not have to report to a headquarters to collect equipment.
- Individual members can split into smaller teams and still keep their individual GPS data. They also retain the safety of their individual personal locator beacon.
- Police and Emergency Services can download GPS data from individual members to get a more accurate picture of the areas searched.
- When in teams of two, should any one unit fail to function, another unit is able to be utilised.
- PLBs currently being used have been donated by another company, and the additional units requested would allow all members to be safe should they get into trouble.
Invaluable abilities in tracking and communications
Providing emergency communications and printing maps whenever and wherever necessary is vital.
QRAT recently provided the only communications for rural fires during the first three days of the Finch Hatton and Eungella wildfires.
Being highly trained and individually equipped ensures that our members will not get lost themselves and make more work for the other providers.
Defence Force Veterans
Ex Defence force veterans make up the bulk of Queensland Remote Area Tracking’s membership.
This allows the unique skills and experience they possess to be utilised in a meaningful and dutiful way. Linking veterans with other support services while being members of the team allows them to transition into everyday life while still having purpose.
Area of Operation
Areas of operation are primarily the Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and surrounding regions, secondarily greater Queensland, and Tertiary Nationwide.
Lockable Mobile Headquarters
Queensland Remote Area Tracking and local businesses will be constructing and fitting out lockable mobile headquarters to house essential equipment.
This will require 100s of hours of volunteer work saving approximately $4,000 in setup costs. These include, Education Queensland, Consolidated Plastics, Premier Fire, and Battery Pro.
The communications systems that we have, have been donated by Anglo American and Ergon at an estimated value of $60,000+.
Communications are programmed, tested, and maintained by Mr Lawrence Ellis gratis.
Crossfire and SORD Australia who manufacture our Packs and toolbelts do this as they wish to minimise the risk of injury to members, and allow members to operate safely with purpose.
The Community Gaming Development Fund has provided equipment.
Both Mackay and Sunshine Coast Regional Councils have donated GPS units and Personal Locator Beacons to the value of $12,000.
Numerous smaller donators ensure that all projects are successful.
Donations make all the difference
Donations make all the difference to QRAT. Without your generous support we can not provide our valuable services to the community! Support QRAT and donate today.